Spencerian 18 gold

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Spencerian 18 gold
Manufacturer Perry & Co. for
Spencerian Steel Pen Co.
Nib No. 18
Descr. Society Stub
Tip Stub
Markings Exterior
Mark 1 lateral L Nº 18
Mark 2 SPENCERIAN
Mark 3 SOCIETY
Mark 4 STUB
Mark 5 lateral L ENGLAND
Spencerian 18 gold - top view, with ruler

Described in contemporary advertising, a Spencerian sample card (see Smithsonian Libraries Exhibit on trade literature) included a sample of the #18 Society Stub Pen among 11 samples--listing it as a "Medium stub, with a very smooth action." Another Spencerian sample card included the #18 Society Stub Pen among 26 samples. It is included in the section of the card for Stub Pointed nibs.

The Blam Nib site says that The Spencerian Steel Pen Co. was formed In 1858 as a subsidiary of the Ivison Phinney Publishing Company, later known as Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman, & Co., and finally in 1869 as Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor, & Co. The New York City-based pen company (Spencerian Steel Pen Co.), was a pen distribution company that purchased its nibs from an English manufacturer, having no factories of its own. The Spencerian pens were made in Birmingham, England, by Sir Josiah Mason for Perry & Co. This explains why many Spencerian nibs have markings for both New York, N.Y. and England.

Versions

There are two distinct versions of the Spencerian #18 Society Stub Pen in the Chappy's Nibs collection:

(These version names are defined for this collection alone, and are not necessarily industry-wide terms.)

The nib pictured below is the Gold version.

Photos

Click any image for a full-resolution photo: 1650 x 480. The image with the ruler is 2300 x 1196.

Spencerian 18 gold - top view
Spencerian 18 gold - side view, upper
Spencerian 18 gold - side view, lower

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